UPDATE: Sunday, April 22 at 11:19 a.m. ET
With the NBA playoffs set to begin in less than one week, one has to wonder if we will see Dwyane Wade (finger) suit up at all this week. The Heat will host the Rockets tonight and Wade is doubtful to participate in the contest, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst.
Expect LeBron to play when Heat host Rockets tonight. Wade unlikely. Bosh has some sort of injury Heat are mum on so he's a maybe— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) April 22, 2012
UPDATE: Saturday, April 21, 11:05 p.m. ET
According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, Wade is day-to-day after X-rays on the finger were negative.
X-rays on Dwyane Wade's finger were negative. Dislocation was reset. He's day-to-day.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) April 22, 2012
As I said below, I would be shocked if Wade played in any of Miami's three final regular season game. I'm expecting Spoelstra to rest him and fellow All-Stars Chris Bosh and LeBron James as the Heat prepare for another deep playoff run.
The finger will likely be bothersome for Wade, but given LeBron's strong play after suffering a similar injury, I doubt he will be hampered too much. Look for another strong postseason from the man they call Flash.
It's uncertain how long Wade will be sidelined, but I can't imagine he will play in any of the Heat's final three regular-season games. Still, I'd be surprised if he missed any playoff action, considering LeBron has been playing through a similar injury since March.
But again, this is purely speculation at this point. When updates on his status are made available, they will be posted above.
The injury occurred just two minutes into the Heat's game against the lowly Wizards, when Wade's finger got caught in Jordan Crawford's jersey. He received some quick treatment on the bench before heading into the locker room.
While this injury is certainly scary for the Heat, I doubt it will have much of an effect on their postseason success. The dislocated finger is on Wade's non-shooting hand, and players have performed well with this injury in the past.
However, this incident should prompt Erik Spoelstra to shut down LeBron and Chris Bosh for the rest of the regular season. Miami has little to play for at this point, and team health is much more important than seeding come playoff time.
Look for the Heat to rest the Big Three the rest of the way, then unleash a classic postseason rampage.